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04.04.2019

Test Results

We regularly test and re-test our athletes throughout their training programs. Positive test results ensure the athlete’s custom training plan is “working.” If results do not show improvement, it allows us time to ask, why, and make the necessary adjustments PRIOR to race day.

Test results provide us with valuable data for creating future workouts in order to maximize fitness gains for the athlete.  Ultimately the data will help to establish their race day strategy. Needless to say, the end goal is to put our athletes in optimal position to have the best race possible.

We are proud of our athletes and the hard work and dedication they put toward training. Below are a some of the test results we have seen recently.

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02.20.2019

Jonathan Schwartz has been an RTA Triathlon Club member since December of 2016. He’s a family man, typical type A overachiever and a pleasure to have on the Team.

When Jonathan joined our Triathlon Club in 2016, he had never done a triathlon before, but obviously that was his goal for the 2017 season. Jonathan came from a running background, but was looking for a new challenge. He decided triathlon was going to be it… except things didn’t unfold the way he had envisioned.

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01.21.2019

Meet Ken V. He is a dad, husband and triathlete. He is also a 3 x Half IRONMAN finisher and soon to be IRONMAN.

He first became involved in triathlon about 7 years ago and has been a member of Team RTA triathlon club for most of that time.

Ken has slowly worked his way up in distance and improved his times over the years. Most recently Ken finished his 3rd IRONMAN 70.3 distance race in Atlantic City, NJ.

Shortly after, he “pulled the trigger” and signed up for IRONMAN Maryland, which will take place in the fall of this year. It will be his first “full” IRONMAN triathlon. He will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles all in one day and in less than the 17-hour time limit.

So how does a regular guy get caught up in these crazy “shenanigans” (LOL)?!?!? Find out why and how by reading about Ken’s triathlon journey below.

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01.14.2019

Becoming an IRONMAN

In 1990 Jeanne first dreamed of becoming an IRONMAN, but she never really thought it was actually possible.

In 2015 she toed the line at IRONMAN Maryland, but she was ultimately disqualified for an innocent mishap during the run portion of the race.

In 2018 Jeanne got sweet redemption and finally became an IRONMAN!

Her journey wasn’t easy, but no one’s IRONMAN journey is easy. Everyone has a story. And everyone has obstacles they need to overcome along the way. Perhaps that’s why they say, ‘the harder the battle, the sweeter, the victory.’

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01.02.2019

Zwift: Structured Group Workouts

We are proud to announce we will be 1 of just a handful of Triathlon Clubs / Triathlon Coaching Organizations in the WORLD to offer virtual structured group rides on Zwift.

What the heck does this mean?

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12.13.2018

FREE Triathlon Lecture Series – 2019

There’s a lot to learn when it comes to triathlon. We also understand it can be confusing & sometimes intimidating, but fear not!

Each year we enjoying speaking to a variety of triathletes (and future triathletes) in the area on a range of topics. Most of the topics are applicable to ALL endurance athletes including pure runners, swimmers and cyclists. 

The lectures are free to attend and open to the public. We encourage questions & dialog throughout and do our best to tailor each presentation to those in attendance. 

Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy an informative evening.

We look forward to meeting all those who attend.

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11.05.2018

Hard Work and Dedication

We would like to highlight Simon F who has continued to improve in triathlon during the 2018 season. His personal achievements haven’t stopped stacking up and he continues to improve his swim, bike and run metrics year after year.
WOW! 4 years ago, I would have been happy with getting past the barrier of a 2 mile run without stopping.  I was unfit, asthmatic, and very much a non-believer that I could ever do “something like this sport”. – Simon
 

One highlight in his 2018 season was when he WON the competitive 40-44 age group at the JerseyMan Triathlon in Lebanon, NJ in May.

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08.27.2018

IRONMAN Maine 70.3 – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club continued their 2018 season with an EPIC Team Race in Old Orchard Beach, ME which is about a 5 hour drive from northern, NJ. The race is perfect for first timers and the course is ideal for those looking to PR. Our triathlon club had a countless number of both (first timers & PR’s).

Destination races are always a blast! And there’s nothing more fun than traveling with a big group. RTA had about 30 athletes racing and another 40 supporters cheering.   

Overall, it was a perfect day for a triathlon – no wind, minimal heat and low humidity. The race was amazing and exceptionally well run. Logistics were ideal. Plenty of places to stay and a family friendly venue. 

The entire race and organization of the event was flawless              – RTA Club member

It was a total team consensus that we will be returning to this race in 2019. 

***Recap video at the end***

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08.14.2018

Kidnapped in Mexico City!

25 years ago Ken was kidnapped in Mexico City on a business trip. Only by the grace of God, he escaped and survived. Needless to say, this insane experience changed his perspective about everything in life. As he reflected and knowing anything is possible, he set a goal to finish the IRONMAN Triathlon.

Training for an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon is a huge goal. However, with proper guidance from an experienced triathlon coach, anything is possible.

Initially, Ken’s plan was to follow a pre written triathlon training program in preparation for IRONMAN Lake Placid. However, he decided to call an audible and hire RTA Triathlon to coach him instead. According to Ken, this decision was a game changer and made all the difference.

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08.09.2018

The Next Big Challenge – IRONMAN Lake Placid

Meet Jeremy – he’s a husband, father and an all around nice guy. Jeremy has a super busy life and a demanding job. He’s also a goal oriented-overachiever. Add in triathlon training and there’s a lot to manage. Sound familiar?

Jeremy came to RTA after being referred by one of his good friends and current RTA coached athlete. He was looking to conquer his next big challenge and after doing his first IRONMAN 70.3 in 2016, he decided hiring an experienced triathlon coach was a wise decision.

The idea was to efficiently use his time available to train to maximize his results, given his very busy life.

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07.28.2018

Meet Catherine – one of the kindest and most caring people you will ever come across.

In 2000 she had back surgery and was restricted with activities. However, as she recovered she stopped smoking and slowly started exercising. Then, 9/11 happened and she was in the mix of the chaos in NYC.

Following the events of 9/11 she promised herself she would always try to be fit in case she ever needed to physically help herself or another person.

In 2015 Catherine hired RTA to coach her for her first IRONMAN. She busted her butt and was ultimately successful.

After a few years off, she decided to she wanted to return to Lake Placid in 2018 for IRONMAN. She wanted to test her limits again. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to help guide her and over see her triathlon training program once again.

Below is a short Q & A with Catherine regarding her IRONMAN journey.

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06.28.2018
We’ve Landed On The Moon!

We are absolutely THRILLED and HONORED to have been selected as a recipient of the Women for Tri triathlon club grant for the 4th time! We are looking forward to continue growing the female population in the sport we love.

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06.18.2018

Wyckoff Triathlon – 2018

The Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon is a long time running annual “fan favorite” among triathletes in northern, New Jersey. The race is often fondly referred to as “The North Jersey World Championships.” Each year it falls on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend.

Team RTA triathlon club makes the Wyckoff Tri a Team Race each year. The local Wyckoff YMCA puts on the event. It’s a grass roots, no frills style race that’s close to home. While it’s the perfect challenge for beginners, it also tends to bring out some tough competition.

 

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06.05.2018

Rev3 Quassy Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club continued their 2018 season with a Team Race at Rev3 Quassy in Connecticut, which is a short drive from Bergen County, NJ. 

2018 marked the 10th running of the Rev3 Quassy Triathlon located in Middlebury, CT. Rev3 Quassy attracts nearly 2,000 triathletes annually from all over the country. The event offers an olympic and half distance race along with an aquabike and relay.

Rev3, the race organization, does an incredible job of putting on a world class event with the athletes as the #1 priority. It’s no wonder the race has been going on for 10 years.

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05.21.2018

JerseyMan Triathlon – 2018

Each year, Team RTA triathlon club looks forward to the JerseyMan Triathlon.

If you’re looking for an outstanding local triathlon, look no further then the JerseyMan tri. This early season race, which is held every May, offers a sprint and (extended) olympic distance race along with a duathlon and aqua bike race. It’s located in Lebanon, NJ at the Round Valley Reservoir. 

It’s a challenging, but manageable race for athletes of all abilities. The venue is great for spectators as everything is set up for prime spectating – swim, bike, run, transitions and finish line.

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